Tips From A UAS Pilot

Head Pilot Dan Parker hard at work

Head Pilot Dan Parker hard at work

For last 3 years, our crack team of talented drone pilots have been flying regularly on emergency management missions throughout the country. With literally thousands of hours of flight time logged, we assumed our pilots were probably full of pro tips for the early stage public safety drone program.

And, boy, were we right! Here are just a few of the very best.

Know Thy Geography

When planning a mission be sure to evaluate the lay of the land around you to determine safe locations to land in case you can’t get back to home point. Alternatively, try to identify the places you absolutely do not want to land.


Know Thy Temperature

After each flight check your motor and battery temperatures with your hands or a laser thermometer. Motors should be relatively consistent to each other. Batteries should be warm but not hot or puffy. Always let your batteries cool down for 15-20 minutes before attempting to recharge them.


Know Thy Data

After each flight remove the SD card from your UAV and immediately back it up. You might have extremely valuable data on the card from your last flight and in the case of an incident you don’t want to lose everything you just spent the last hour collecting.

So, there you have it, folks! A few of the best tips to first timers our crack team of experienced emergency management pilots could come up with. For more tips and news from around the world of public safety UAS sign up for the PROPELLERHEADS weekly newsletter.


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